On Friday I blasted through a bunch more Marsala Spice blocks and then finished the last few off this evening, so that I now have three complete blocks for each variant – over-dyed solid, print and un-dyed solid (oh, yeah, I went and bought a lot more of the Marsala solid I started with). And….
….I dunno. I skiffled some of the blocks around on Stef’s floor on Friday, rather unconvinced by the combination. She suggested running the print blocks as a diagonal across the quilt, with the solids arranged around it, but when I tried it with all the blocks on my own floor, the result was a bit underwhelming. So much so that I didn’t bother to photograph it. I didn’t HATE it, but I certainly didn’t love it, either. In desperation, I summoned Mum for a second opinion (once I’d finished clarifying that I liked the colours and I liked the pattern, I just didn’t like how I’d ended up interpreting them). Mum suggested distributing the print blocks about more evenly, and in doing so I ended up with them arranged in an X across the quilt. This looks…. better?
Maybe. After considering it some more (and mysteriously referring to the two gold/brown fabrics as “green”), Mum noted that the un-dyed solid just doesn’t look as good against the other fabrics as the over-dyed fabric does. I do see what she means (strange comments about fabric colour notwithstanding). And the mixture of the two solids looks a bit weird. I think I’m going to have to cut down the variety to just the over-dyed and print blocks, which I should be able to do with some careful cutting. The “spare” un-dyed blocks can go on the back.
Interested in the possibility of potential patterns formed by arranging the print blocks in different ways, I shuffled some more and came up with this:Yeah, the different-coloured solids still look weird. I must do something about those. And I MUST-MUST-MUST do my quilt maths BEFORE I buy my fabrics next time! >_< It’s quite possible that I’m going to end up with a layout like this:Perhaps not fabulously exciting/original/modern/whatever all the cool kids like, but it would work…